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AstroSat: India's First Space Telescope



  May 28, 2024

AstroSat: India's First Space Telescope



1. What is AstroSat?

AstroSat is India's first dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory. It observes celestial objects in different wavelengths, including X-rays, ultraviolet, and visible light, providing a comprehensive understanding of space phenomena.

2. What makes AstroSat unique?

AstroSat's unique feature is its ability to observe different wavelengths of light simultaneously using a single satellite.This versatility sets it apart from other space telescopes that typically focus on specific wavelengths.

3. What are some of AstroSat's major accomplishments?

AstroSat has studied high-energy activities in binary star systems, measured the magnetic fields of neutron stars, explored star birth regions, and detected new X-ray sources. It has also contributed to the search for X-ray counterparts of gravitational waves.

4. How has AstroSat contributed to our understanding of black holes?

AstroSat recently discovered chaotic fluctuations in high-energy X-ray emissions from the black hole system Swift J1727.8-1613 during an energy burst. This finding offers valuable insights into the complex processes occurring around black holes.

5. What is the expected lifespan of AstroSat?

AstroSat was launched in 2015 with a planned mission duration of five years. However, it has exceeded expectations and is expected to continue operating successfully for several more years.

6. Is there a plan for a successor to AstroSat?

Yes, ISRO is considering developing a next-generation astronomy satellite to build upon AstroSat's success and further enhance India's capabilities in space exploration and astronomical research.


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